Gratitude – Day 97 (Dehydrator)

This is another entry in my week-long homage to our recent canoe trip. One of our latest household appliance purchases is a food dehydrator. I was always under the impression that these things were to be used for the standard apple rings, and other pieces of dried fruit. Boy was I in for a surprise. Kathy bought this so we could minimize weight and bulk for the canoe trip. Sure, sounds good. I was quite surprised at what can be dehydrated.

We ended up dehydrating apples, strawberries, bell peppers, hamburger, chicken…
…that’s right. I said hamburger and chicken. Kind of surprised the heck outta me too. We ate like kings on our canoe trip. Chicken Alfredo, Beef Stroganoff. I am now a believer of the dehydrator. No more is this a novelty device so you can make apple rings to hand out to rellies at Christmas; this things has a very practical purpose. Our next step is to formalize meal plans for canoe trips / backpacking trips and publish a small meal plan directory in the trip planning section of Bixby Forums. There are a few of us looking to participate more in these activities and having easy to prepare meals and meal plans will streamline the trip planning process greatly.

We have most of the gear we need for these excursions and that makes it so much easier to plan and go. The one area of considerable effort that remains centers around food, and this certainly simplifies that. The great outdoors just got more accessible!!!

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.  ~ Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright

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